A reminder to the manlift riders to get off the belt before they hit their heads on the ceiling. This is the top level of the headhouse, where dust collectors would extract most of the grain bits from the air to reduce risk of explosion.
I found a historical photo of this room showing 10-foot high machines with wires hanging by the mile from looms and schematic charts.
Looking down a manlift on the ore dock side of the elevator. It’s a belt-less belt-o-vator!
You can see almost ever level of the factory from this spot.
This is what it might have looked like if a new Ford descended in the elevator with its headlights on. As seen from the Mississippi side–the opposite portal faces the sand mine.
On the middle level of the Poacher House. For a detailed view of the chart see ‘See Reverse’.
The shaft was capped by the state in 1990. Even though some shafts are capped, they are still very dangerous. The land around them tends to crater unexpectedly, sending explorers to the bottom under a pile of dirt. Stay away.
Many of the higher floors were more or less demolished–usually more. These would have been condos had ‘The Arcade’ project come to fruition. Now there are simply wide open floors punctuated only by pillars and meaningless hallways.
The Engine House’s boiler, which would have been fired all day all day, virtually from the day the shop opened until the day it closed.